Shady Characters Hold Off Late Cheap Goats Rally to Win 6-5

28 May

Joe went 3-for-5, all three hits doubles, to lead Shady Characters in the win over Cheap Goats

Both Shady Characters and Cheap Goats scored five runs in the fifth inning, but it was the single run Shady Characters scored in the third inning that was the difference, as they held off Cheap Goats late push for a comeback, winning 6-5. The loss was Cheap Goats’ first of the 2019 season, and the win snapped Shady Characters’ four game losing streak.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he got off to a good start, retiring Dylan and Tom K in order in the top of the first.

Tom K had two innings of pitching eligibility left for week 3, and he got the start for Shady Characters. He sent Jordan and Joey down consecutively, and the game was scoreless after an inning.

Joe grabs a fly ball for an out in left field

Joe doubled to lead off the top of the second, but Shady Characters couldn’t capitalize, as Dinger retired Luke and Mike to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Tom K pitched another perfect frame in the bottom of the second, retiring Dinger and Christian, and reaching his innings limit for the week.

Luke makes a leaping catch in right field to retire Dinger

Shady Characters broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third. Dylan singled to lead off the inning, and two batters later, Joe hit an RBI double to score him, making the score 1-0. Dinger retired Luke to end the inning, and Shady Characters led by a run.

Dylan had three hits for Shady Characters, going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double in the win

Mike took over on the mound for Shady Characters to start the bottom of the third. He picked up where Tom K left off, retiring the side in order.

Dinger snags a fly ball along the first base line, retiring Joe

Dinger rolled through the top of the fourth, sending Mike and Dylan down in order.

Dinger delivers a pitch to Mike, who earned the win and had a triple before leaving the game injured

Mike gave up a one-out single to Dinger in the bottom of the fourth, but retired Christian for the second out of the inning, and the score remained 1-0.

Shady Characters opened up a big lead with a big inning in the top of the fifth. Tom K singled, and two batters later, Luke hit his second homer of the week, a two-run shot to right-center, making the score 3-0. Mike followed with a triple, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI double that extended the Shady Characters lead to 4-0. Tom K then hit an RBI double, scoring Dylan, and Shady Characters led 5-0. The barrage of hits and poor Cheap Goats fielding continued, as Joe hit an RBI double, scoring Tom K, and Shady Characters had pulled ahead 6-0. Dinger finally escaped the inning when Luke grounded out to left, and Cheap Goats trailed by six runs.

Shady Characters celebrate at home after Luke’s two-run homer put them ahead 4-0

Cheap Goats had only managed one hit, a single, through the first four innings, but they got out their bats in the bottom of the fifth. Dave led off with a triple, and Jordan drove him in with an RBI double that put Cheap Goats on the board at 6-1. Joey then singled, and Cheap Goats had runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Christian hit a three-run blast to right, and Cheap Goats had cut the deficit to 6-4. Dave followed with a solo homer, the first of his career, and the back-to-back home runs made the score 6-5. While pitching to Jordan, Mike came up lame leaving the mound to approach a ball in foul territory, and he exited the game. Luke took over on the mound and retired Jordan to end the inning and the Cheap Goats rally. Cheap Goats had scored five runs, and they now trailed by a run heading into the final inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at home after Christian’s three run bomb cut the score to 6-4

Dave followed Christian’s homer with a solo shot, and the back-to-back jacks cut the score to 6-5

Dylan started the top of the sixth with a single, but Shady Characters couldn’t extend their lead. Dinger retired Tom K and Joe to end the inning, and Cheap Goats would need a run to send the game to extra innings.

Luke remained on the mound to close things out for Shady Characters, and he was effective. He retired Joey and Dinger in order, ending the game, giving Shady Characters a 6-5 victory.

Luke earned the save, pitching 1.5 innings without allowing a hit or run

The win moved Shady Characters to 2-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 5-1.

W: Mike (1-0)
L: Dinger (2-1)
S: Luke (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe and Dylan each had three hits to lead Shady Characters on offense. Joe went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI. Dylan also went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Dave was the only member of Cheap Goats with multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Mike earned the win in relief for Shady Characters. He pitched 2.5 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.
– Luke picked up the save for Shady Characters, retiring all three batters he faced in 1.5 innings.
– Tom K got a no decision in the start for Shady Characters, allowing no runs and no hits in two innings.
– Dinger took the complete game loss for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on ten hits.

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